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IMBA Singletrack Update - Sept 2005

* Bush Rides IMBA-Built Singletrack in Idaho
President George W. Bush spent a vacation day mountain biking at the new Tamarack Resort in central Idaho in late August. The 25-mile Tamarack trail system was designed and built by IMBA. The president rode 16 miles, sampling many of the singletrack trails that have earned Tamarack a reputation for world-class mountain biking. For more on the president's mountain biking, read this USA Today story on the IMBA News Wire:

* New Transportation Bill Promises $370 Million for Trails
The U.S. Congress has approved a new five-year federal transportation bill that will increase federal grants for singletrack. Most important, the Recreational Trails Program will grow to a total of $370 million over five years, $144 million (64 percent) more than the previous transportation bill. Read more here:

* Congress Gets Behind Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day: Oct. 1
For the second year in a row, IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day -- held Oct 1 this year -- has gained support from the U.S. Congress. For information and advice on planning an event, visit

* Sept. 24 is National Public Lands Day: Register for Prizes
National Public Lands Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005. Whether it's new trail construction or routine maintenance, involving your group in National Public Lands Day will help solidify mountain biking's prominent position in the trails community. BOB Trailers will donate two trailers to the cause and to inspire more volunteer trailbuilding -- but you have to register with IMBA to win. Register your club's event here:

* NORBA/IMBA Trail Tune-up Grants Awarded
Ten $500 NORBA/IMBA Trail Tune-up Grants have been awarded. Winning projects
ranged from urban freeride parks to improvements to country trail systems. To see who grabbed the loot, click here:

* CLIF Bar and IMBA Award $6,000 in Grants
Fifty-eight CLIF Bar/IMBA Trail Preservation grants, totaling $29,000, have
been distributed since the program was established in 2001. This year's winners can be viewed here:

* Bikes Fly Free Update
America West has dropped the Bikes Fly Free benefit to IMBA members. Frontier, however, is still honoring the program. Details here:

* Donate to the IMBA Trailbuilding Fund
"The greatest innovation in mountain biking is the trail," says mountain biking pioneer Gary Fisher. Please help IMBA add more sweet singletrack by donating to the IMBA Trailbuilding Fund. Click here:

* IMBA Trail News Freeride Issue Goes Big
The third edition of IMBA's Freeride Guide -- sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bicycles -- will arrive in mailboxes over the next few weeks. Look for informative trailbuilding articles, information about working with land managers and stacks of color photos. The Freeride section of will be upgraded shortly, and already offers dozens of articles:

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